PM expects VNU-HCM to rank among top Asian universities hinh anh 1 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third from left) in the university (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has expressed his hope that the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) will achieve its target of ranking among top Asian universities and becoming a source of brainpower and start-up incubation.

During a working session with the VNU-HCM staff on November 20 on the occasion of the 34 th anniversary of Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, PM Phuc said the university must successfully exercise self-reliance mechanism in line with international practices, as well as pay attention to accountability and social responsibility.

As the VNU-HCM is building a modern university urban area, the first of its kind in the country, on an area of 643.7ha in Thu Duc-Di An – a gateway to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the PM requested greater efforts to complete site clearance as soon as possible, which has so far reached 73 percent.

He also encouraged the VNU-HCM to attract social resources for its development and further expand ties with foreign partners to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

The government, ministries, agencies and localities, including Ho Chi Minh City and the neighbouring province of Binh Duong, will provide all possible support to the university during the process, he said.

The VNU-HCM groups six member universities; including the University of Technology, the University of Science, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Ho Chi Minh City International University, the University of Information Technology, the University of Economics and Law; the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources; and the Faculty of Medicine along with more than 30 affiliate members.

In the QS university rankings this year, the VNU-HCM was listed among the top 150 universities in Asia for the first time, ranking 147 th , up five places from 2015.-VNA